A Week in the Piemontese Countryside
Collected by Max Garrone
Think of Piedmont and the wines spring instantly to mind. This is the home of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera. The best places to try a glass or bottle are local restaurants which feature both the famous labels and things that you’ll never find outside of Piedmont. Regional specialties abound. The Slow Food movement is headquartered in Bra and runs a university dedicated to its culinary principles in nearby Pollenzo. Piedmont is also ground zero for Italy’s microbrewing revolution.
Via Cordara, 34, 14049 Nizza Monferrato AT, Italy
For years, I’d wanted to witness a truffle hunt, but we never seemed to be in the right place during the right season. Just as our wine-tasting was wrapping up, our guide, Marco ended a call on his mobile phone, and grinned. “I have a surprise for...
Piazza Monsignor Luigi Grassi, 9, 12051 Alba CN, Italy
A guided walking tour of a city is interesting but if you combine history and art with the local food the experience changes completely! The food is the real soul of a destination so it gives you a better overview! In this three hours long...
piazza Alfieri, 14100 Asti AT, Italy
This is an exclusive experience offered by the tour organizer Meet Piemonte. The Palio of Asti, the oldest horse race of Italy, comes alive everyday of the year with this behind the scene tour of one of the "Rioni" (city district). The Palio is...
12050 Lequio Berria CN, Italy
...then you absolutely must take a day trip from Genova to experience the specialty hazelnuts of the Piemonte (Langhe) region. Growing sympathetically with the other delicacy of this region - the white truffle - these hazelnuts are prized the...
Via Vecchia Provinciale, 2B, 12027 Pradleves CN, Italy
Italy's northwest border region contains many things, stunning vistas are the least, native cheese is among the best. Especially Castelmagno which is sadly virtually unknown outside of the country. Get to know it and the other cheeses made by...
Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, 2, 12025 Dronero CN, Italy
Another incredible Italian restaurant hidden away in yet another corner of the country. This one is in the start of an Alpine valley that features terraced gardens descending into a river forded by a medieval bridge. But Rosso Rubino is one of...
Via Vittorio Emanuele, 89, 12075 Garessio CN, Italy
There are cookies then there are Italian cookies. Pasticceria Cagna continues the tradition with local specialties like the Garessini as well as national classics. Most feature the local hazelnuts but you won't find a biscotto here. Stop in, chat,...
12060 Castellino Tanaro, Province of Cuneo, Italy
Four years ago, while driving aimlessly from Genoa, Italy toward Cuneo, Piedmont, I looked up on a nearby hill and saw a tower. I decided it should be explored. That glimpse changed my life. I found my way up the serpentine road covering two miles...
Via Circonvallazione, 17, 12053 Castiglione Tinella CN, Italy
"The albergo castiglione is operated by the Saracco family, which is also the main moscato wine producer in the area, so don't miss to ask for factory tour and take some bottles home. The hotel also offer some apartments with fuly equipped...
Piazza Risorgimento, 4, 12051 Alba CN, Italy
I have always hated the idea of raw beef. I'm not going to lie, it scared me. A lot. But living in Italy has taught me many things - perhaps most importantly, don't be scared to taste anything. Octopus. Anchovies. Olives. Those small pickled...
Piazza della Consolata, 5, 10122 Torino TO, Italy
The Bicerin is a gastronomic speciality of Turin. I love both chocolate and espresso, and was delighted to discover this warming confection in a glass, also called a Bicerin. The drink is layered into the glass oh so carefully: espresso first,...
Piazza Monsignor Luigi Grassi, 9, 12051 Alba CN, Italy
Leaving the city centre of Alba behind, you will be exploring the heart of the UNESCO Langhe hills. Enjoy breathtaking views over the medieval towers of Alba and find the roots of the local writer Beppe Fenoglio. Crossing vineyards and paved...
Via Roma, 37, 14053 Canelli AT, Italy
This tour is a nice combination of fun, adventure, food and wine tasting. First there is the opportunity to ride a Segway which I got confident with as soon as I got on. Then the UNESCO landscape of the Monferrato hills. You ride across vineyards,...
Piazza Castello, 10121 Torino TO, Italy
Piazza Castello glistens in the sun after a sudden downpour. Much of the historic center of Torino is pedestrianized and easily explored in a couple of days. For Roman history enthusiasts the aqueducts, arches and ancient city walls are a treat....
12060 Roddi CN, Italy
The tiny hamlet of Monforte d'Alba in the Piedmont wine region south of Turin is so picture perfect and the views down into the vine-laced valley below so striking, it can feel more like a movie set than real life. That surreal feeling continued...
Via D.Vallada, 7, 12065 Monforte d'Alba CN, Italy
We had just parked the car in Monforte d'Alba, Piedmonte, and walked up to a church about to begin service. This man was standing just a stone's toss away. What caught my eye was a sense of loneliness but also a sense of pride in his attire. He...
Strada Comunale Serra, 1, 14055 Annunziata, Costigliole d'Asti AT, Italy
Winemaker Renato Ratti recently opened to the public his family’s 18th-century, 13-room villa in the Piedmont countryside. An old cellar stores decades’ worth of Ratti wines. Guided tastings can be arranged upon request, and bottles can be shipped...
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